but, she learned this only functioned as a step on the way toward the wider process. Once more proactive strategies were resumed, techniques such as allowing Max to have a choice of which chores he could choose from helped, as well as did requesting him to complete chores within a couple days time, as opposed to now.
From here, more predictable requests allowed Max to anticipate what would be asked of him, and, eventually, gave him the ability to do a chore before having to be asked, thereby taking him away from the situation and setting which instigated the outbursts of anger. Also, by asking Max to complete a series of ever-so minor tasks, a pattern of success was established, making him more open to the completion of a more involved chore.
Overall, ABA in this context functioned on numerous levels, most of all as a means of simplifying the reasons for behavior, pinpointing behavior and its motivations and encouraging desired behaviors while discouraging undesired behaviors, in a melange of Skinnerism and Pavlovian models.
With Max, this process was not difficult, since his habits were new, in light of his parents divorce. To be sure, remnants of laziness still irk his family, but Max has been made aware of his tendency towards anger and has successfully abated it.
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